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Denis O'Hare



A Tony award-winning stage performer who has also made his mark on screens both big and small, Denis O'Hare has appeared in such popular television series as Law & Order, and such critically acclaimed features as The Anniversary Party and 21 Grams.



Initally known as a stage actor, the Kansas City native honed his craft at Northwestern University before jumping into the Chicago theater scene. Soon, O'Hare made the move to New York City to try his luck on Broadway. He proved a natural at musicals, and would quickly go on to earn accolades for performances in Assassins and Cabaret. He made minor headlines when he missed a performance of Sweet Charity: he and partner Hugo Redwood were inexplicably held by the TSA on terror charges while attempting to board a plane bound for New York (after attending his sister's wedding in Virginia). But O'Hare and co-star Christina Applegate both earned Drama Desk nominations for the play.



On the big screen, the actor made strides with appearances in such films as River Red and Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown. Though O'Hare did display an impressive onscreen charisma, his stage roots would continue to serve him well in roles opposite Campbell Scott in Hamlet, Carol Burnett in the made-for-TV Once Upon a Mattress, and in the New York theater-world melodrama Heights. O'Hare won points with the indie-hipster crowd in the twentysomething hit Garden State (as a philosophical man living in a landlocked houseboat), as well as in Ryan Fleck's Oscar-nominated drama Half Nelson. A role in director Michael Winterbottom's political drama A Mighty Heart followed in 2007.



He's appeared steadily in both critically lauded films and box office hits like Charlie Wilson's War, Michael Clayton, Milk, Baby Mama, and The Proposal. In 2011 he was cast as one of the main characters in the FX series American Horror Story.



An avid artist and activist in his spare time, O'Hare began crafting Cornell Boxes for friends after reading about the curious art pieces in a William Gibson novel, and devotes much of his energy toward promoting alternative energy sources and gay rights, protesting the Iraq War and the War on Terror, and helping to feed and clothe the homeless.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
27% Army of One
  • Agent Doss
2016
No Score Yet From Nowhere
  • Actor
2016
13% The Pyramid
  • Holden
2014
70% The Town That Dreaded Sundown
  • Charles B. Pierce, Jr.
2014
48% The Judge
  • Doc Morris
2014
94% The Normal Heart
  • Hiram Keebler
2014
94% Dallas Buyers Club
  • Dr. Sevard
2013
70% C.O.G.
  • Jon
2013
43% J. Edgar
  • Albert Osborne
2011
39% The Eagle
  • Lutorius
2011
56% Edge of Darkness
  • Moore
2010
39% Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
  • A/Subject # 3
2009
44% The Proposal
  • Mr. Gilbertson
2009
71% An Englishman in New York
  • Phillip Steele
2009
65% Duplicity
  • Duke Monahan
2009
94% Milk
  • John Briggs
2008
62% Changeling
  • Dr. Jonathan Steele
2008
33% The Babysitters
  • Stan Lyner
2008
64% Baby Mama
  • Dr. Manheim
2008
20% Pretty Bird
  • Chuck
2008
82% Charlie Wilson's War
  • Harold Holt
2007
23% Awake
  • Financial News Analyst
2007
90% Michael Clayton
  • Mr. Greer
2007
84% Rocket Science
  • Doyle Hefner
2007
79% A Mighty Heart
  • John Bussey
2007
No Score Yet American Loser
  • Mike
2007
No Score Yet Once Upon a Mattress
  • Prince Dauntless
2005
20% Derailed
  • Jerry the Lawyer
2005
64% Heights
  • Andrew
2005
80% Angel Rodriguez
  • Henry
2005
86% Garden State
  • Albert
2004
80% 21 Grams
  • Dr. Rothberg
2003
60% The Anniversary Party
  • Ryan Rose
2001
71% Hamlet
  • Osric
2000
78% Sweet and Lowdown
  • Jake
1999
No Score Yet Saint Maybe
  • Rev. Emmett
1998
No Score Yet River Red
  • Father
1998

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
  • Evan Talbot
No Score Yet American Horror Story: Hotel
2015
  • Liz Taylor
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Father O'Shay
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • James Smith Schizophrenic Father Hogan Harold Morrissey Phil Christie
66% Rake
2014
  • Graham Murray
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Jimmy
71% Bored to Death
2009-2011
  • Dr. David Worth
70% True Blood
2008-2014
  • Russell Edgington
88% Banshee
2013-2016
  • FBI Agent Robert Phillips
No Score Yet Brothers & Sisters
2006-2011
  • Travis March
No Score Yet American Horror Story: Freak Show
2014
  • Stanley
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
58% The Comedians
2015
  • Denis Grant
77% American Horror Story
2012
  • Stanley Spalding Larry Harvey
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Tom Michaels
97% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Judge Charles Abernathy Charles Abernathy Judge Abernathy

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